Pay as you go

When you use pay as you go, you only pay for your journeys as you travel. If you make many journeys in a day, the cost of your travel is automatically capped.

It also means you can travel all over our network at any time, secure in the knowledge that you have a valid ticket. For many customers, pay as you go is best for value, flexibility and convenience.

Pay as you go may not be best value if you:

  • Are eligible for free or discounted travel, or
  • Make at least three journeys every weekday, or
  • Make journeys on at least 6 days a week
Find out more about pay as you go.

When are season tickets best value?

Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets are best value if you make a lot of journeys; if you make at least three journeys a day or travel at least 6 days a week and mainly travel during peak hours.

Season tickets do have other benefits which may influence which type of ticket is most suitable for you. Annual Travelcards are a one off purchase that give you 52 weeks of travel for the price 40, and you can also receive Annual Gold Card discounts. Monthly Travelcards are cheaper than buying 4 consecutive 7 Day Travelcards and are a one-off monthly purchase.

For detailed information on fares, please see our fares tables, or go to single fare finder.

Contactless payment symbol

Contactless or Oyster?

Contactless cards are issued by banks and credit card providers - you may have one already, so check your wallet or purse and look for the symbol shown above. If so, start using it - you don't need to register or add money to it before you travel.

If you're travelling with other people, everyone must have their own card. You can't share a contactless or Oyster card to pay for travel.

If you use contactless and travel a lot in a week ending on a Sunday, the cost of your weekly travel can be capped.

Alternatively, you can get an Oyster card to pay as you go. They are available online, from stations and Visitor Centres. You must add money to an Oyster card before using it.

Day tickets

Pay as you go with daily capping is cheaper than using a Day Travelcard in Zones 1-9 or a One Day Bus & Tram Pass.

Only here for a short visit?

Pay as you go is the best option if you already have a contactless payment or Oyster card.

If you don't have either of these, get an Oyster card which you can use whenever you visit London.

If you're visiting London you can buy a Visitor Oyster card in advance and use it to pay as you go.

Flexible and part-time travel

If you work part time or have unpredictable working patterns you should use pay as you go.

Did you know?

You could save money by touching your contactless or Oyster card on a pink card reader when changing trains at some Tube and London Overground stations, particularly if your route does not include travel through Zone 1. Find out more


We do not offer family tickets. Free and discounted travel is available for children, depending on their age and where they travel.